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Subtitled: Yesterday

Danny Boyle

Two veterans of British filmmaking join forces for this sweet musical comedy as Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) directs from a screenplay by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Four Weddings and a Funeral). Bringing the songs of The Beatles to life in glorious fashion, this film is bound to leave a smile on your face and a few classic tunes in your head.

"Bound to leave a smile on your face and a few classic tunes in your head." 

Eastenders’ Himesh Patel plays Jack, a charmingly hopeless retail worker who dreams of making it as a singer-songwriter. Playing to tiny, uninterested crowds, he is supported in his dream by best friend Ellie, played by Lily James (last seen at DCA as a young Meryl Streep in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again). One night, when cycling home, Jack has an accident and wakes to find the world altered in one incredible way: The Beatles never existed. Jack realises that he is the only person on the planet who remembers the Fab Four’s songs and so begins sharing them with the world, while taking credit for them himself. As Jack’s star rises, he is discovered by superstar Ed Sheeran (playing himself in a self-deprecating cameo) and is coached to stardom by Sheeran’s cynical L.A. manager (Kate McKinnon).

Curtis’ trademark wit is in safe hands with Boyle, who has proven himself adept at tackling different genres throughout his career, and Patel impressively performs the songs himself, slipping seamlessly between musical styles as a wide selection of the Beatles’ back catalogue is showcased. This is a funny, warmly nostalgic celebration of one of the greatest bands ever and the music they gave us.